With the announcement today that the Japanese now hold the Guinness record for the lowest roadworthy car, we got to wondering about some of the other vehicular records out there. First, we pay homage to the Mirai, the low-rider built by students at Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan. The highest point on the battery-powered Mirai measures just 17.7 inches, beating the previous title holder by almost 6 centimeters. Mirai, by the way, means “future” in Japanese.
Okay, onto the other records:
Fuel Efficient: This is our favorite! In September 2011 the Kia Optima Hybrid set a Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption achieving an average of 64.55 miles per gallon!
Fastest: As of June 2012 the Bugatti Veyron was the world’s fastest production car after clocking 267.86 mph at the Volkswagen Proving Grounds in Germany.
Highest Mileage: By December 2010 a 1966 Volvo P-1800S owned by Irvin Gordon of East Patchogue, New York had traveled more than 2,850,000 miles – and was still being driven on a daily basis.
Fastest Accelerating: As of December 2011 the title for the fastest accelerating production car goes to the Koenigsegg AgeraR which achieved 0-300 mph in just under 6.67 seconds.
Smallest: Perry Watkins of the U.K. took 7 months to build the world’s smallest roadworthy car. The “Wind Up” measures 41 in. high, 26 in. wide and 52 in. long.
Tightest Parallel Parking Job: the honors go to Ronny Wechselberger for sliding his Volkwagen Gold into a spot only 26 centimeters longer than his car.
For more Guinness vehicle records visit http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/Search.aspx?q=car.